2023 Lexus UX Uses Hybrid Only, Gets Information and Chassis Upgrades


Lexus has updated its smallest SUV, the UX, which benefits from the latest infotainment and ADAS technology along with new F Sport Design and Handling packages, a series of chassis improvements, but fewer powertrain options as the UX 250h Hybrid. He is the only one surviving in the United States.

Unlike most model year updates that are usually limited to new trim options, Lexus has added 20 spot welding points on the UX body that increase its structural rigidity, while recalibrating the electronic power steering and shock absorbers. As a result, the 2023 UX promises to deliver more precise steering, better steering response and improved control over its predecessor – something we’ll have to wait until our first drive to see if it’s true. Additionally, a new set of 18-inch Bridgestone run-flat tires is said to reduce noise and vibration.

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The new infotainment system is a welcome update to the user experience. It comes with a standard 8-inch or optional 12.3-inch touchscreen display, higher resolution than before and more connectivity features including wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a new voice assistant, and a subscription to available connected services. The center console has been slightly redesigned with more charging space, LED lighting, two USB charging ports and the omission of the outdated touchpad and infotainment controls from the center tunnel.

On the ADAS front, the UX inherits the improved Lexus 2.5+ security system also found on the larger NX. It comes standard for the MY 2023 and includes systems such as Dynamic Radar Cruise Control with Curve Cruise Control function, Emergency Steering Assist, Lane Tracking Assist and Enhanced Pre-Collision System.

We didn’t mention the SUV’s exterior design because it’s almost unchanged. However, those who opt for the F Sport Design package will get body-color livery on the wheel arches (instead of unpainted plastic), a new set of 18-inch wheels, a slightly different grille pattern, F sport bumpers, and a black painted roof/rails. Roof and sunroof.

Inside the cabin, the F Sport Handling offers aluminum footrests, pedals and panels along with F Sport-branded sport seats (optionally heated and ventilated), steering wheel and shift knob. More importantly, it includes chassis upgrades with Active Variable Suspension (AVS) and performance dampers. Lexus claims that the new suspension system provides improved ride comfort and quietness, along with better steering response.

The only powertrain option in the US market is the UX 250h which is mated to a 2.0-liter twin-electric (AWD) engine for a total output of 181 hp (135 kW / 184 hp). Sales of the 2023 Lexus UX will begin in late summer 2022 with pricing announced as the launch date approaches.

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